Guy Who Flipped Cops Off Settles Suit for $4K
Robert Ekas says police violated his free speech
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2010 7:38 PM CDT
A finger. You can give the cops one of these and maybe land yourself about four grand.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Robert Ekas fought the law, and the law has to pony up four grand: The Oregon man brought himself folk-hero fame when he sued cops for violating his free-speech rights when he flipped them the bird and they slapped him with baloney tickets, reports the Oregonian. Today, he settled the lawsuit for $4,000, saying that the police department had agreed "to implement a civil rights training program."

The police department isn't copping to having harassed Ekas, saying only that the settlement was "a business decision. It was cheaper to settle the case than to proceed with litigation." Also, it denies that it agreed to civil rights training. Stay tuned.

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Nov 2, 2010 7:46 AM CDT
The best website ever that will keep you informed about the totally out of control vicious cops running wild. / This is why large numbers of people don't like cops. So knock off all the whining about how nobody loves you. Grow up and accept responsibility for your abhorrent behavior. Remember even the so called "good cops" are bad because the don't report the crooked ones as they should. It's the well known Blue Wall Of Silence
Nov 2, 2010 7:36 AM CDT
Cops lost a lot of respect in this country when they turned into glorified meter maids and are more interested in busting good citizens for a speeding ticket to make money for the state instead of chasing the criminals and illegals in this country. Many are just seen as tax collectors now, too bad.
Nov 2, 2010 5:37 AM CDT
Cops are always talking about how dangerous their jobs are. The job doesn't even appear on a list of the most dangerous professions.